The Depression in Britain
In the early 1930s unemployment was high, but by the second half of the 1930s wasn't as bad.
To solve unemployment- house prices were lowered in the South to encourage people to move.
80% of all new factories were built in or near london between 1932 and 1937.
4 million houses were built in the 1930s.
Benefits were set up in the 1930s, for a single person it was 85p a week.
The means test was a way of testing what amount a family should receive on the dole. If you had another source of income or valuables the amount was lowered and you were forced to sell your possessions.
- Parents had it harder.
- People couldn't enjoy life.
- Children were made to get jobs.
- It humliated people.
- People had to sell valuables and things of sentimental value.
Special Area Act
Special Areas Act 1934
2 commisioners had a budget of £2 million to make industries and jobs up in the north.
1937- Special Areas Act
more tax cuts and low rent to businesses that moved north.